Fundraising difficulties delay international luxury hotel in Utsunomiya City

Luxury Thai hotelier Dusit Thani has cited fundraising issues and uncertainty over inbound tourism as the reasons for the delay in the construction of a high-rise hotel planned for Utsunomiya City. Construction has been postponed until further notice while the developer looks for other hotel operators.

Part of the station-side redevelopment plans included a 120-meter tall, 27-story mixed-use building containing retail on the first five floors, and the 280-room Dusit Thani Hotel on floors 6 ~ 27. Construction was scheduled to start in late 2021 with completion in late 2022. 

Back in 2017 Dusit International announced their foray into the Japanese market with plans to open a hotel in Kyoto in 2020. Completion of the 160-room hotel planned for Kyoto has been pushed back to 2022.

Sources:
The Shimotsuke Shimbun, June 30, 2020.
The Kensetsu Tsushin Shimbun, June 25, 2020.
The Nikkei Shimbun, June 18, 2020.
The Shimotsuke Shimbun, May 30, 2020.

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